As a Christian I find Science not contrary to my belief in God.
Firstly the role of Science and of religion are not contradictory to one another. Science searches for facts, hard facts in order to support a hypothesis. In as much as it rewrites its supposition if it has no clear evidence to support, it is being true to the line of enquiry it relies on. The line of enquiry is all set within certain parameters of which reason is the yardstick. Science relies on reason and religion a belief-system demands faith of the individual. Truth that both systems seek can only be satisfied according to the conditions which are already inherent in it.
Reason is not equipped to cross over the gulf between finite and the infinite dimensions while a belief system accepts any leap of faith as natural to it.
Now while we ascribe God absolute values it is supposed God sees differently which reason cannot fathom. Thus I have no problem to think God sees events all as one. That is Infinite Wisdom of God where wisdom of man is only a finite part. It is something similar to a kangaroo word.
So in the lexicon of God chicken and egg are seen as one while we separate events. In the book of Psalms we read the verse,’My substance was not hid from thee,when I was made in secret..Thine eyes did see my substance , yet being unperfect..Ps.139:15-16,13′
There is another passage where St. Paul makes a case for the order of Melchisedec as being different from the Levitical priesthood. While discussing the tithes paid by Abraham to the King of Salem he implies Levi was yet in the loins of Abraham (Heb.7:10) In order to get clues as to how God works I rely on the Scriptures. However in order to make myself understood to others, and for negotiating with others at all levels I rely on reason as the common currency.
My personal relationship with God has its own language and mode.
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As a Christian I find Science not contrary to my belief in God.
God, Allah, Baal, Brahma, Supreme Being or Oneness of things?
For a Christian God is a Being. As we are taught we pray the Lord’s prayer, ‘Our Heavenly Father…’ If we do not know the person or his or her address is there a point in writing a letter? If we do not trust in the postal system, are we not foolish in buying postage stamps in the first place? We affix on the envelope the correct value of stamps since we trust it will reach the intended person. Every time we use the postal service we are submitting to the authority of the nation that in turn imparts the postal services its relevance. If we hold so much faith in a system that knows not us individually and yet we rely on it to deliver our letters to the other party are we not relying on our past experience? Every believer who calls on a heavenly father does so from experience. Faith with experience plait a two strand cord that is not easily broken. Please do not tell me what my experience is worth since no other can be responsible for the way I fashion my experience as I do.
In my opinion God’s power and wisdom is revealed in the manner every life form commits itself to the business of living. The Being that Nature so proclaims is positive and life abundant. Lions at the top of the food chain can afford to limit their family to two or three. Whereas fishes must produce millions of eggs in order to keep its genetic material from dying out. Creatures as diverse as lions and fishes manifest the nature of God in so many ways. They subscribe to the same Power and Wisdom by instinct as it were.
Plants convert sunlight into energy by means of photosynthesis. Phosphorus and sodium are crucial to this process. Phosphorus an element is leached from phosphates found in rocks on the land. Precipitation carries it to the sea. It is in turn carried back to the land by birds and the fishes.
Off the coast of Chile in South America millions of anchovies converge which in turn attracts cormorants. It is unusual for sea birds (mother cormorant lays six eggs at a time), and their bird droppings or guanos are rich in phosphorous. Tens of thousands tons per year are gathered by locals. It is a fertilizer used extensively world over.
Salmons mature in the sea and returns by late August to the rivers in order to breed there. Mass influx of these fishes, all with single goal swimming upstream of Fraser River in British Colombia has to be seen in order to believe! After fulfilling their biological urge they die. Phosphorus is transported through these fishes to the inland.
Oneness is achieved by material nature of life forms taking advantage of every opportunity for the furtherance of limited objectives. How species with totally contrary aims achieve order is due to this oneness.
Sheer scale of species and their aims shall befuddle any particular group or individuals from controlling every aspect at all stages. Each life form contributes something positive to the common pool where predator and prey alike can benefit from. That common pool is as infinite as Space and Time. Oneness of things it is called. Relevance of God doesn’t lose a bit even if such a secular label is attached to it.
Nature manifests God as far as a Christian is concerned since Wisdom and Power that we associate with Him are revealed by each in the manner it has adapted itself to stay relevant.
Whether our absolute position would establish our souls in heavenly places or we carry them within our beings is a matter that is to be spiritually discerned. Arguing over what is unknowable is waste of time. Let every one decide what his or her soul has to say over this. Given my life’s color drawn from nature and nurture (whether by chance or by design) I believe Holy Spirit is the author of the Scriptures. Soul of a Christian then is strengthened by spiritual food as my body need its daily calories. My soul is secure even as this body is showing signs of wear and tear. Naturally. What is earthy must leave its footprints on the Earth and what is incorruptible must live on. This spiritual life is a parallel world of which being born again is where we have submitted ourselves to a higher Truth than what we may know by our intellect. It is our hope. Like an anchor it shall hold on no matter how we may negotiate on this side of heaven.
St. Pauls epistle seems to say that we occupy the absolute position by faith.
(God) even when we were dead in sins…hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”(Eph 2:4-6)
Firstly have faith in yourself.
If we can be in His presence we can tap from His Wisdom and Power in full measure by the same token. So in my way of looking at it nothing by way of experience,- bad or of worst kind, has ever happened to me without leaving something good.
Perhaps you need to search what blessings He has left for you from events that seem now very contrary in your life.
The theological term ‘grace’in every day clothes means making better use of your intelligence. Where things seem so dark letting your wisdom and power find their foothold is a demonstration of God’s grace.
The old saw ‘Heaven helps those who helps themselves’ is not without merits.
Secondly have faith in the scheme of things or Cosmos as positive in which you are an active agent and you shall support its wellbeing as much it is within your power and wisdom.
Inspiration is hitching your experience to several notches higher. Raising yourself to that height is living life at a higher plane.
Curing A Nightmare©
Herenis of Alexandria as an infant cried a lot and as a child he was strange. In his eyes there lurked something wild and when he could speak he said,’ I see specters ghastly shapes calling me forth.’ Of course he saw nightmares often and his parents brought many physicians to find a cure. None of them could except one old man who listened to the symptoms of the child. He told the boy,” You write down what you have seen. Then we shall see.”
The result of it was a tale that predated Frankenstein by two millennia. Herenis wrote of the monster made by mechanical means. After he had finished to the surprise of all, he was cured of his affliction.
His mentor who suggested the cure read his book and told his parents:’ A wonderful tale. Of a monster that can change shapes. Who could have thought a monster lurking in everyday objects?’
Imagination plays with everyday aspects of life and to leap to something not yet born is to enlarge boundaries of reality. Cosmic Mind is the Ultimate Reality in which our reality touches barely. But with inspiration we cover a higher ground. I recall one of the miracles in the New Testament. The woman who was afflicted with bleeding touched the hem of Jesus. In her inspired mind she knew she would be healed. It was so.